Des Moines best attractions and restaurants

Things to do and see in Des Moines

Upscale Restaurants: 

White-cloth destination for steaks with all the trimmings plus seafood, wine & cocktails.

Upscale seafood specialist featuring an oyster bar & wine tastings in a colorful, modern space.

Colorful, upscale American restaurant & wine bar with reclaimed doors hanging from the ceiling. 

Modern option for numerous cuts of all-you-can-eat spit-roasted meats & cocktails served by gauchos. 

Good For Groups:

             High-ceilinged ex-Masonic temple turned contemporary Italian wining-&-dining destination.

Casual, polished brewpub serving specialty beers plus a menu of steak, seafood, pizza & burgers.

            Hip American eatery & cocktail bar with a humorous horror theme & both counter & table service.

             Creative cocktails, craft beer & wine served in a chill space decorated like a '70s-era living room.

            Offbeat hot spot featuring myriad craft beers, creative Mexican-American eats & live music.

Bar and Grill:

        o   Buzzard Billie’s615 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309

             Roomy, laid-back eatery featuring food with Louisiana roots, TVs to catch the game & a deck.

            Long-running, memorabilia-filled sports bar serving up American pub grub & drinks.

            Hip bar serving specialty martinis & craft beer in a dimly lit space decorated with local artwork.

            Hip bar onto of local restaruants below. See Fuzzy’s Taco’s and Blaze Pizza below.

            Chic venue known for its jazz cabaret events & specialty cocktails in an expansive, modern setting.

            Offbeat hot spot featuring myriad craft beers, creative Mexican-American eats & live music.

            A hip place to have a cocktail on the rooftop section of this bar and grill.

            A hip place to have a cocktail on the rooftop section of this bar and grill.

Iowa Brewing Companies/Restaurants:

            Small craft brewery serving drafts in a casual beer hall & pub grub in its rustic restaurant

            A great place to have a Beer, made right in Iowa.

            A great place to have a Beer, this Brewery, brews right in Iowa.

          Microbrewery featuring a warehouselike tasting room pouring regular, seasonal & experimental beer.

American:

            Historic, industrial haunt with over 100 regional craft beers & locally sourced New American fare.

            Casually stylish brick-walled eatery serving New American entrees, small plates & craft cocktails.

            Low-key game-day spot with a patio for pub grub, draft beer & brunch cocktails with squeezed juices.

           Southern favorites & a large array of whiskies offered in a relaxed, stylish setting with a patio.

            Casual place with modern decor serving steaks & chops, plus Asian-inspired sharing plates.

            A great place to have a Beer, this Brewery, brews right in Iowa.

          Light, open counter-serve featuring signature hot & cold sandwiches for lunch, plus a salad bar.

Mexican:

            Modern counter-service chain serving Baja-style tacos & other Mexican eats, plus beer & margaritas.

            Just like its name, a cute joint that serves Burritos.

           Stylish restaurant & bar in a renovated Art Deco firehouse with Pan-Latin dishes & cocktails.

Italian: 

            Casual, bustling fixture in a former factory offering Italian-American staples & a full bar.

            Old-school 1940s Italian restaurant, bar & banquet hall filled with leather booths & stained glass.

            Lunch destination for seasonal soups, salads & sandwiches in an indoor/outdoor setting with views.

French:

          Casual & kid-friendly brasserie dishing up French standards crafted with seasonal ingredients.

Asian:

          Sushi, hot Japanese fare & cocktails served in a sleek, dark space with traditional decor touches.

            A charming little shop that serves beer along with Dumpling, they even  have vegan options.

            Relaxed establishment preparing a variety of traditional Thai dishes & specialty sushi rolls..

            Low-key spot serving Vietnamese & other Asian cuisines behind an unassuming brick facade.

            Falafel, baba ghanoush & other Lebanese fare served in a petite, casual space with colorful decor.

German/Irish Pubs and Bars:

          Vibrant Irish pub with a chill vibe offering occasional live music & DJ nights, plus an airy patio.

          Festive German beer hall featuring over 175 types of German & Euro brews plus global comfort eats.

          Casual & kid-friendly brasserie dishing up French standards crafted with seasonal ingredients.

          A cozy spot to grab a bite and have a drink.

Pizza:

          Vibrant Irish pub with a chill vibe offering occasional live music & DJ nights, plus an airy patio.

         Hip counter-serve pizzeria dishing up crispy, thin-crust pies made with creative toppings & sauces.

          Casual pizza joint serving craft beers, pasta & thin-crust pies with unconventional topping combos.

Coffee and Bakeries:

      Light fare, java, wine & pastries are served at this family-owned cafe with a contemporary interior.

          The premiere destination for nitro coffee, hot brew coffee, espresso drinks, gelato and high tea in downtown Des Moines.

          A cute cupcakes shop that severs crazy cupcake flavors.

          This cute little shop not only serves coffee they also sell Thelma’s Ice Cream Treats and next door to the coffee bar is RAYGUN a must see boutique that offers fun and quirky shirts.

Things to do and see in Des Moines

Adventureland is a family-owned amusement park in Altoona, Iowa. It is marketed as featuring over 100 rides, shows and attractions.

Tickets available for sale at the park

Hours of Operation:

Sunday- Thursday- 10am -9 pm

Friday and Saturday 10 am - 10 pm

https://www.catchdesmoines.com/

https://www.ridedart.com/

The Des Moines Art Center is an art museum with an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture, modern art and mixed media. It was established in 1948 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hours of Operation:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 11 am – 4 pm

Wednesday: 11 am – 4 pm

Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm

Friday: 11 am – 4 pm

Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm

Sunday: Noon – 4 pm

The Historic East Village features historic buildings, boutique shopping and award-winning restaurants.

Jordan Creek Town Center is a super-regional shopping mall and lifestyle center in the city of West Des Moines, Iowa. It is the largest shopping complex in the state of Iowa with a total gross leasable area of 1,340,000 square feet.

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Saturday 10 am - 9 pm

Sunday 11 am- 6 pm

Living History Farms is a 500-acre open-air museum located in Urbandale, Iowa, United States. The museum's mission is to educate visitors and demonstrate the past 300 years of Iowa's agricultural history.

Hours of Operation:

MON-SAT 9AM-4PM, SUN 12PM-4PM

https://www.outletsofdesmoines.com/

Outlets of Des Moines is a truly distinctive shopping destination in Altoona, Iowa, featuring some of the nations best brand names.

Hours of Operation:

Monday- Saturday 10 am - 9 pm

Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

The Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines is an extension of the Art Center.

Hours of Operation:

Open during city park hours, which are sunrise to midnight.

A printing, design & clothing company owned and operated by extremely attractive Midwesterners.

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Thurs: 10-7 / Fri-Sat: 9-8 / Sun: 10-6

Salisbury House in Des Moines, Iowa is a Tudor, Gothic and Carolean style manor home. It was built by cosmetic magnate Carl Weeks and his wife, Edith Van Slyke Weeks, between 1923 and 1928

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday 12 – 5 pm

Explore exhibits, take a tour, research and learn about Iowa history. ... given time. More objects are on display in the capitol building and other museums in Iowa.

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Saturday 9 am - 4:30 pm

Terrace Hill, also known as Hubbell Mansion, Benjamin F. Allen House or the Iowa Governor's Mansion, is the official residence of the Governor of Iowa, United States. Located at 2300 Grand Avenue in Des Moines, it is an example of Second Empire architecture. The home measures 18,000 square feet.

Hours of Operation:

Guided Tours are given Tuesday-Saturday at the following times: 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

​​​​​​​A golf course near Des Moines.

​​​​​​​Public sloping & wooded golf course with 18 holes constructed in 1901 with a brick clubhouse & shop.